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William Kent, (Amer., 1919-2012) Women Dig It, Slate Print, 1966, Ed. of 12, 20-3/16 x 19-15/16, signed, titled, dated & annotated Artist’s Proof in black ballpoint pen, printed in black ink on printed fabric measuring 22-5/8 x 22-1/4, minor tape stain to margin edges as is typical, with bright diffuse modulating yellow, orange and green colors.
Originally a student in music composition under Paul Hindemith at Yale in the 1940’s, William Kent abruptly left the program and instead worked in Yale’s job printing shop, learning typography, layout and graphic design laying a foundations for his career as a visual artist to follow. It is clear from this print and his print “Yale Go Home” that his relationship with both Yale and the majority of those attending was problematic. This by turns humorous and disturbing image is typical of Kent’s lampooning smug privilege. The “dapper” young Yalie with the glans of a penis for a head is flanked by two women, one positive, one negative; the woman to the right with her sharp pinky nail placed securely against his jugular. The deliberate bisection of his face into two completely different countenances is a blatant dig at the lack of integrity and fidelity so often in evidence with an overblown ego and libido; in a word, two faced.